11/03/2007

The Belgian conflict is escalating

Researchers within the EU-funded Peace-Com project have identified the different 'dimensions' of community conflicts and created a monitoring tool that can show whether a conflict is escalating or de-escalating. The Peace-Com project was one of the first in the areas of peace, conflict and human rights to receive funding under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

Started in 2005, the study looked at a variety of situations, from the non-violent clashes between Wallonia and Flanders in Belgium, and involving the Slovene minority in Austria, to the more violent conflict experienced in Northern Ireland and the former Yugoslavia.

The importance of causal factors in Belgian community conflict is shown in the next picture.

    Causal factors in Belgian community conflict - Adapted from Actors of community conflicts Attitudes and opinions
 

The involvement of actors as dependent variable of potential determinants were grouped in seven groups.

    Involvement of actors in Belgian community conflict - Adapted from Actors of community conflicts Attitudes and opinions
 

The Belgian first actor includes national, regional and local governments, governmental and opposition parties and, courts. Economic actors/sectors represent agricultural, industrial and service sector, economic lobbies, trade unions and multinationals. Social/political movements, NGOs, religious institutions and, intelligentsia are reported as non-economic civil society actors.

In Belgium, regarding the distinction between formal authority and influence, actors exert their impact from their formal authority positions providing the political tension situation.

The monitoring tool tested on the Belgian case suggests that the conflict is escalating.

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Source : Monitoring community conflict in Europe : PeaceCom. Cordis News 2007-10-01.

17:25 Posted by St Wojcik in Brussels | Permalink | Comments (0) | Tags: belgium, conflict, brussels, flanders, wallonia |  Facebook |